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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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I have had these apart and yes remove the screws and wack it with a lead hammer - don't spray wd-40 on it as that just makes a mess. The ring should pop off once you jar it loose.

Normally when the seal leaks one of the paired bearings is bad causing the ring gear assembly to wiggle. Better check that as you may wish to simply replace the entire unit instead. get a hold of a rear trike conversion outfit and just pay them the $50 bucks for a replacement would be my choice.
Thanks for that but I wonder if were talking about the same part. The part I need to remove is a flat flange that goes over the wheel studs. The parts manual has it as FLANGE, FINAL GEAR SIDE 41441-MCA-010.

I've done everything I can think of to get some movement out of it, including the hammer, without breaking other things in the process, and it just wont budge.

I've looked on ebay for drives and ones under 100k miles are around $200 with shipping. Fair price? If not, where should I look?

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I found a 2010 final drive with 40k miles on ebay for $119 shipped, so I bought it.

If I ever get the flange off I'll post what it took.

Thanks, everyone, for the help.

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Someone on another board suggested longer bolts thru the rotor mounting holes might jimmy it off, and that worked. There are a lot of tight fit diameters, dowels and studs that keep it in place and all that stuff just makes it difficult to get off.


Unfortunately, what I found underneath is ugly. It appears the bearing suffered a failure - don't know why, maybe just age because I serviced it more often than the maintenance schedule. The bearing cage started to disintegrate and several balls are missing and apparently somewhere inside the case. This debris then tore up the seal. It would take a total tear down, and probably every rotating part, including the gears, would need replaced.


So I just receive the used drive and it appears to be in good shape.


If anyone has any tips to installing one of these, I'm all ears.


Thanks again,
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yep that is what they do when they go bad one of the bearing retainers breaks which trashes the bearing or bearings as there is a pair. And this has nothing to do with oil or service it is most likely a defect. It is quite rare as I have only seen one so far but every unit that has failed seems to have the same large bearing fail.

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